MODA’s Field Trips take you out to the studios and work places of some the city’s most interesting designers.
Modernism in Atlanta: A Visit to the Hinman Building
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 2-4pm
In 2010, Time Magazine characterized Eero Saarinen as “the man who made Modernism sexy.” The buildings he designed — like the General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport in New York City, and the Saint Louis Arch — are beacons of the Modernist style.
But when did Modernism come to Atlanta? What local buildings were designed in this style and who were the clients and architects responsible for them?
As a way of answering this question, we’ll take a field trip to the Thomas P. Hinman Research Building on the Georgia Tech Campus, constructed in 1939. Designed by P.M. Heffernan, a faculty member on Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture, in conjunction with the campus design team of Harold Bush-Brown, and James Gailey, another College of Architecture faculty member, reflected the Modern style that was emerging in the United States and was in direct contrast to the Gothic architecture on the rest of the campus.
On a tour led by Susan Sanders, Director of Development at Georgia Tech College of Architecture, we’ll learn the fascinating history of this first Modern building at Georgia Tech, from its initial use for the development of natural resources and agricultural products, to the 1947 installation of a ‘calculator’ that was a precursor to the computer, to its recent renovation by the Atlanta firm, Lord, Aeck, Sargent and the Boston firm, dA.
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